Hence, content marketing strategies can be used as essential tools for enhancing your business and achieve business goals with lots of experience and social benefits.
This article focused on mainly the content of your website because it is more important than every other part of your website. It will be quite painful to mar your marketing and SEO efforts with poor or bland content.
Are you trying to find out about how to recover from thin a content penalty? In today’s article, we talk about all you need to know.
Within the world of SEO, Jeremiah considers link building to be the final frontier, as it’s one of the most challenging and influential elements in Google rankings. On this podcast, Jeremiah discusses creative ways to build links and make the most of SEO.
Content marketing plays a key role in digital marketing and it can be done with not involving more costs. So follow these strategies and drive more traffic to your website.
I had a wonderful time attending the Content Marketing World conference this year. This conference is seriously amazing. Not only is it a good time put on by good people, but you won't find a better line-up of speakers anywhere in the world; and for sure won't find a group of people more knowledgeable about content marketing. We thought it would be great to collaborate the top takeaways from these experts.
To help us save time, money, and frustration, Robert explained to me how to go beyond the basics of content marketing to the meat of the matter: Creating content that makes sense for your business.
Content is hailed as an undisputed king of the online ream and for good reasons too. The leading brands of today use it as main ammo for marketing weaponry and small organizations are hung up on not lagging behind. What is the all this about? In a nutshell, content marketing costs considerably less than traditional marketing, it generates more leads, and gives a higher ROI.
It doesn’t matter what product or service your business provides to members of the public or other businesses, the level of customer service you provide to your customer base is the sole factor that will determine how successful your business is.
“As far as the fusion of content and SEO, in my eyes, they’re basically one in the same. It’s nearly impossible these days to rank your website without great content on it, and the reason for the content is a lot easier to get backlinks, to then say, a product or category page.” Bill said.
Chris Abraham is a master of the digital marketing field. He’s considered a pioneer in the realms of content marketing, online collaboration, blogging, and consumer-generated media, all of which he practiced in the ‘90s.
His expertise in online marketing garnered him a place among Forbes’ Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers in 2012. He also runs his own media marketing agency called Gerris.
Many brands may not realize the importance of images for capturing their vision or mission statement.
Today, David and John discussed why brands should take photography seriously.
John DeMato is a lifestyle portrait photographer. He has worked with entrepreneurs and thought leaders, by capturing high-quality images that present inspiring, entertaining, and informational elements which entice people to follow a brand.
But it’s not as easy as picking up a camera and snapping a photo.
John is much more than just a photographer – he goes above and beyond.
John sets his clients up for success by educating them on how to effectively leverage their image content for blogs, social channels, publications, websites, advertisements, and other platforms.
The Importance of Building a Connection
With amazing credentials and a stellar reputation, you’d think it’s easy for clients to trust John immediately upon meeting him.
However, trust and comfort are two very different things.
John believes that in order to get amazing shots, it’s important to build a connection and healthy rapport with clients.
Photography isn’t magic – great shots don’t just happen.
As a subject, if you’re working with a photographer that doesn’t make you feel comfortable, the images will reflect that.
John likes to build a nice conversation with lots of back-and-forths to make clients feel as comfortable with him as possible.
This helps with branding as well because it helps give photos a deeper vibe. John mentions that many photographers might be able to capture the right lighting, angle, and create a perfect image, but they lack depth, emotion, and mood.
They don’t accurately represent a brand – they're just great photos.
John says that photography for branding should visually tell your story. Lifestyle photography for a brand should accomplish two goals. It should:
1. Establish your expertise.
2. Provide value to potential prospects because you solve their pain points.
According to John, it’s so important to find the right photographer who can capture a wide range of emotion: everything from rage-filled rants to celebrating wins.
John’s Unique Approach that Helps Him Deliver Top Results
John points out that every entrepreneur is in a different place and has different needs.
Far too many entrepreneurs and thought leaders select a lifestyle portrait photographer based on their price tag and portfolio. While the photographer’s work should speak for itself, it’s also important to get along with one another.
A lot of times, a client may not realize what they want until they’re sitting at home looking at the photos later. John’s job as a photographer is to really get to know his clients and ask a lot of questions to figure out where they’re at with their business.
From there, he can maximize the effectiveness of every session.
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly which questions John might ask to get to know a person because it varies so much. Every entrepreneur has a different vision for their brand, a different personality, and their business is at a different place.
John spends a lot of time getting to know his clients before he even picks up any equipment. In fact, sometimes, his interactions with clients last for two and a half hours. This gives John time to identify the different emotions he’ll need to capture and the types of images he will need to shoot.
It’s therefore crucial for a lifestyle portrait photographer to understand how and where entrepreneurs and thought leaders will use these images on social media or other platforms.
John assesses all of this to deliver the best results possible. That’s how he creates lifestyle portraits that visually punctuate for brands.
The Importance of Being Yourself and Not Striving for Perfection
John says that although it sounds trite, it’s important to be yourself and feel comfortable in your own skin.
Yes, we hear this all the time but here’s what it means.
By being himself, John was able to open himself up because he wasn’t afraid to say what’s on his mind. This allows him to produce the best results possible for clients.
Don’t forget to get your back-end strategy in order.
The last thing you need to do is fumble around with your camera because your client will notice. This will kill any momentum you’ve created while building a rapport.
When you treat your equipment like an extension of yourself – and feel comfortable with yourself – your client will feel comfortable too.
In that scenario, everyone wins.
Retouch Your Images – But Strategically
John also points out that his mental health is more important than reaching an unattainable goal. That’s why he abandoned perfection a long time ago – there's no such thing.
So, does John retouch and edit his images?
Yes, but very strategically.
It’s important to remember the entire purpose behind lifestyle portraits for your brand: you want to appear authentic and professional.
In some cases, this might mean erasing a pimple or lightly brushing a wrinkle – but you still want to look like yourself.
The entire goal is to help build trust with your prospects.
You can’t do this if you look a certain way on LinkedIn but a client can’t recognize you when you meet in-person. Because whether or not people realize it on a conscious level, this does diminish trust.
How to Properly Leverage Lifestyle Portrait Photography
John says that lifestyle portraits are gold because they add social proof that you’re a thought leader. As you can imagine, the uses for these photos are endless.
Yes, they make great social media photos, print magazines, blog posts, and website headers, but they can do so much more.
John has shot countless photos of Ted Rubin at speaking engagements and other events. He’ll often see Ted throw some inspirational text over an incredible image where Ted’s body language is also telling a story.
That’s the lifestyle aspect of it – portraying yourself as you are in a professional manner.
How you leverage these photos to really get your vision and message out there is completely your call.
About John DeMato
John is a branded content creator who works with high-level, business leaders, thought leaders and various other change agents to produce high-volume, image libraries that present informational, entertaining and inspiring aspects of their brand to their followers.
Before you begin conceptualizing ways to advertise your business through Instagram Stories, it’s important to first be acquainted with its alluring features. The following are tips and tricks you can practice for your business.
If you work with a marketing team – consider yourself fortunate.
Trying to take care of every marketing task on your own can be overwhelming. It can also be rather limiting. After all, just how many topics or different angles on an already well-covered topic can one person come up with?
When you have a team, though, you have an opportunity for greatness.
Some people might disagree with me, though, citing the fact that teams can suffer from egos, misunderstandings, and hurt feelings.
That’s definitely true. We’re all human and make mistakes and rub each other the wrong way. But at the end of the day, a marketing team that gets on the same page and works together can accomplish great things.
In fact, Margaret Magnarelli, the Senior Director of Marketing at Monster.com, backs up that point. Her suggestion is to do all you can to ensure that your team is in proper alignment.
Start by Getting Clear on What Content Marketing Means to You
Getting aligned actually starts with you.
You need to be clear on what content marketing really means to you. Only then can you successfully express your thoughts and plans to your team and anyone else involved in the marketing and production of your product or service.
When Margaret and I spoke recently, she explained what content marketing means to her.
“I take a pretty broad stand…content marketing is a way that you use messaging across your organization – the traditional being the blog, your social channels, your site copy, sales enablement, customer service dialogue, conversation design – to engage with buyers, build relationships, and ultimately drive conversations and revenue. I think to do it right you have to be customer obsessed.”
Getting clear on what content marketing is to her has helped Margaret to convey her goals to her team. This is a great way to ensure that everyone is on the same page, which is an important step toward team alignment.
Team Alignment: Why It’s Imperative and 4 Steps to Make It Happen
If you want to be successful in business, you need to make sure everyone on your team is working for the same goals.
Some people think having a mission statement is enough to keep everyone on the same page. But really, it’s going to take consistent effort to make sure you’re always on the same page.
Margaret provided four tips that can help marketing teams to do this.
1. It All Starts With Adequate Training
When Margaret first started working for Monster.com, she spent the first 90 days working very closely with her team. She spent a lot of one-on-one time with each team member so that they would understand how she worked, what she wanted to achieve, and what she expected from them.
You might thing 90 days is pretty impressive, but Margaret actually wishes she’d spent even more time training her team. The more time you spend with them, the better understanding there will be all around.
Spending time with your team members is an investment. You’re explaining to them how you’re all going to achieve success. And you’re doing so in a way that will allow them to be just as successful without you as with you right there beside them. (We all need vacations, after all!)
2. Incorporate the “How, Now, Wow” Content Strategy
One of the best ways to stay in alignment is to have a content concept plan. Margaret came up with a strategy that works really well for her team. It’s called “how, now, wow.” She and her team create content based on these three pillars.
How – This is “How To” content. It tends to be evergreen information and is meant to help readers overcome problems or achieve goals. You can use this content for blogs and newsletters.
Now – This is not evergreen content. Rather, it is now – of the moment, fresh, and modern. These are stories related to what’s trending in the news and entertainment worlds. This content can be used for blogs and social media posts.
Wow – These stories are shared mostly via social media. They tend to evoke an emotional response and are typically funny or touching.
These three pillars form the framework that helps your team think about what you’re doing and whether you’re serving your audience well.
3. Creative Freedom, Trust, and Delegation
Once everyone is on the same page, it’s vital that you learn to trust your team. Give them the creative freedom they need to thrive. Delegate projects to them without micromanaging them. Be open to suggestions and ideas, and let your team run with them to see if they work. Just make sure they stick to your basic guidelines.
4. Maintaining Regular Communication with Your Team and Other Departments
Regular creative meetings are a must. These meetings allow your team to bounce ideas off of each other to see what will work and what won’t. It gives everyone an opportunity to contribute, which is a great way to get different angles on stories/tips that have already been written about.
Additionally, it’s important to communicate with other departments that are involved in the creative process. Power point presentations are a great way to let graphic designers and videographers know what you want and why you want it that way.
You’re Not an Island – Success in Business Comes from Teamwork and Collaboration
Your number one goal as a business owner, marketer, or employee is the success of the company you’re working for. Every task you have, every product you make, every customer you serve – it’s all for the good of the company.
And the only way you can be truly successful is if you work well with your team.
As a business owner or marketer, you have a big job to do. Trying to do everything on your own is not the way to get it done.
Make sure your team is well aligned. Learn to trust their vision, inspiration, and efforts just as much as you trust your own.
When you do that, your team will enjoy the process and work even harder to ensure the success of your company.
If you’d like more tips from Margaret, make sure to follow her on Twitter. You’ll find her tweets completely inspiring.
About Margaret Magnarelli
Margaret Magnarelli is the managing editor for content and senior director of marketing at Monster, the leading global platform for connecting jobs and people. At Monster, Margaret oversees a brand newsroom made up of seven content creators (all ex-journalists) who produce articles, social assets and videos aimed at job seekers. Her team took home the Content Marketing Institute’s 2016 award for Best Content Program and was a finalist for best infographic; she was a finalist for Content Marketer of the Year. Her team also was a finalist for Best In-House Content Studio from Digiday in 2016. She’s presented on content marketing at Content Marketing World and at an ANA Content Marketing Summit. Previously, Margaret served as executive editor at Money magazine and Money.com, and has been an editor at Good Housekeeping and Seventeen magazines as well. She’s written a book on tween idols, she’s expert in all things charcuterie, and she helped define the word snarky—no, seriously.
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The last time Paul Kortman came onto the Magnificent Marketing podcast, he had so much valuable information that we ran out of time. And yet, there was so much more that he had to offer.
Thankfully, he agreed to come back and offer some digital marketing strategies for small business owners.
If you’re not familiar with Paul’s work, he’s the owner of Connex Social. This is a digital marketing agency that specializes in increasing conversions and quality traffic. He is committed to achieving his client’s business goals through solid strategy and on-time tactics every single time.
And I have to say – the guy knows what he is talking about. The strategies he recommends are pure gold. Start implementing them and you’ll notice a change in your digital marketing results.
Paul Kortman Shares Five Strategies That Are Essential in Our Digital Space
In Part II of our conversation, Paul offers these five digital marketing strategies that small business owners will find are essential to their company’s growth and success.
1. Start Producing Videos Regularly
Video is becoming increasingly important in our digital age. More companies are utilizing this medium to get in front of potential customers and to establish themselves as experts in their field.
Something that I thought was especially interesting in our conversation was this: Paul doesn’t recommend switching over solely to video.
Some people have been doing this, thinking that it’s the wave of the future.
Well, they’re half right. Video marketing is one of the best ways to market your business. However, it’s important to remember that not everyone is a visual learner. Some people process information better by reading it, while others prefer audio content to visual.
It’s important to remember, too, that people can’t watch videos whenever they want to. If they’re at work or in a public place and don’t have ear buds/earphones, their best option is to read content.
So, the goal here is to offer a nice mix of digital content: Audio, video, and written content. Doing so allows you to appeal to a wider audience.
2. Make Introductory, Testimonial, and How To Videos
When you do make videos, though, what type should you make?
Paul pointed to some of the mistakes people make with video, like talking only about what the business does. Not only can this be an incredibly boring way to make a video, it doesn’t speak to what matters most to the customer: What’s in it for them.
Another mistake is making super long videos. In the world of digital marketing, a five minute video can seem like an eternity. People just don’t have the patience for that, especially when they’re just learning about a new company.
Paul offered the following tips.
· Make an introductory video describing what your company can do for customers.
· Keep your videos short. Introductory videos should be 30-60 seconds.
· Create How To videos. For instance, a shoe repair shop could make a video about how to repair shoes. You may wonder, though – won’t this take business away from them? Actually, it’s the opposite. People may try their hand at the info in your video but realize they just aren’t good at it or don’t have the time for it. In other words, they learn that they’d rather pay someone (you!) to do the work for them.
3. LinkedIn Is a Golden Marketing Opportunity
The most interesting tip about LinkedIn that Paul shared with me was this: View your LinkedIn profile as a mini sales page as opposed to a resume. If you’re a coach, people who are looking for your type of services won’t care that you worked at McDonald’s when you were a teenager.
Make sure your profile shows potential customers what you can do for them, what value you can provide for them.
4. Collaborate with Other Business Owners
This doesn’t necessarily mean collaborate with your competition. Instead, collaborate with business owners who are in the same sphere, or similar network, as you. These are the folks who provide a product or service that your target audience would be interested in.
Collaboration is all about sharing. You do something for them, they do something for you.
You can collaborate by working on a webinar or podcast together, or writing guest blog posts. You will promote their content on your site, and they’ll promote yours on their site.
5. Encourage Your Clients to Write Online Reviews
Is your client happy with the work you did? Great – go outside of your comfort zone and ask for a review on Yelp.com or LinkedIn.
It can be intimidating to ask for a review, but think of it this way – they’re happy and most likely happy to tell others about you. And if they say no – fine. But the more you try, the more people will end up saying yes.
Keep Learning, Keep Growing As the Digital Market Evolves
Digital marketing is constantly evolving. It seems like only yesterday written content was the best way to reach potential clients. These days, it’s a mix of video, audio, and the written word.
In closing our conversation, I asked Paul about his predictions for the future of digital marketing. He told me that voice search is and will continue to be an important part of marketing.
With Siri and now Alexa, more people are searching for online information by speaking instead of typing. The technology isn’t perfect yet and can, at times, be somewhat frustrating. But technology is always changing and improving. At some point, the majority of online searches may be through one of these devices.
And that will change how we create digital content. Why? It’s simple – people tend to speak differently than they type. This will change how we utilize keywords and put information in front of people.
This is why it’s so important to keep educating yourself. We all need to do this. Learn what the trends are, and then find out how to utilize them in your business. Doing so will ensure that you always stay in front of your target market.
ABOUT PAUL KORTMAN
I’m just a regular guy. A follower of Jesus from Michigan in the US. My story is unique just like yours. This blog varies from stories about my family and struggles with raising our kids to helpful technical articles. This is just me in zeros and ones.
Turning a startup into a success story is never easy.However, you will find it’s much easier if you are able to put your startup in front of your market, positioning it as the solution to their problems. To help you with this, we have some proven advice about the mindset it takes and the tools you need to connect with customers.
Content marketing is a marathon rather than a sprint. Almost everything you do is about long-term results that fuel the growth of your business.
However, this doesn’t mean that quick wins are inapplicable here. In fact, there’s actually a lot one can do to create some momentum immediately.
In this article, we’ll talk about top quick wins that you can use for your content marketing strategy and obtain appreciable results right away.
1. Use Pop-ups to Drive Immediate Results
The most important goal of any marketer is to convert more leads into customers. Unfortunately, most people are hit-and-run visitors. For example, they find your website, read something there, and leave quickly. They don’t interact with the content and don’t provide any contact information.
This problem should be fixed. You can install a popup plugin like SumoMe which makes it easier for visitors to share your content and join your email list.
2. Grab New Content Ideas
Struggling to get new ideas for your content? Not enough time to research industry news and trends? No worries, you can find new ideas by using the following tools:
- Hubspot’s Blog Ideas Generator. Fill in three fields with nouns you’d like to write about, and the tool generates relevant titles for articles.
- Portent’s Content Idea Generator. Another great title maker that requires only a subject of potential articles.
- HARO. Provides a database of sources for upcoming stories and daily opportunities for sources.
3. Reduce Size of Your Images to Improve Website Speed
Website performance is a critical SEO and user experience factor. Even an insignificant delay in a couple of seconds can cause visitors to lose patience and leave. “Imagine a customer having an urgent request,” says Cameron Suarez, a B2C marketer. “I had one customer requesting “write my essay!” in the middle of the night because he had to turn it in the next day… Do you think that customer had time to sit around and wait for websites to load?”
Let’s test your website by using awesome performance tool called Page Weight by imgIX.
If the tool says that your website could lose some weight to improve performance, you can do the following to resolve this concern:
- Convert images to JPG with Free Online Images Converter. It uses a combination of the best optimization and compression algorithms to reduce the size of images (keep your largest images around 2000 pixels)
- Read Optimization tips for Images from Google
- Use image optimizer Kraken.io.
4. Avoid Stock Photography
Regardless whether you’re doing business in photo industry or not, you should go for real, unique photos taken or bought by you. Why? Because stock photos are everywhere on the Internet; they’re free and many websites use them. If a visitor sees the same image he or she saw on seven other websites, it is very likely that the trust to you will be undermined.
So, hire a professional photographer or buy unique photos to increase trust of visitors.
5. Test Page Load Times to Improve User Experience
Customers do not like to wait not even an extra second. Yes, even though one can binge-watch an entire season of TV show at a moment’s notice, one gets really frustrated to wait for five seconds in order for a website to load.
As you can see, every second counts. So, it’s a good idea to test the speed of your website and see if the visitors get a pleasant experience browsing it.
PageSpeed tools. These are the tools developed by Google, so they’re probably your best bet.
Pingdom Website Speed Test. Cost-effective and reliable uptime and performance monitoring tool.
6. Focus on the Right Content Type
There are a number of different content types you can use in your content marketing strategy, including infographics, how-to articles, lists, videos, and others. Are some of them more popular than others?
Yes, according to data provided by Odork and Buzzsumo.
As you can see from the graph, internet users prefer infographics and list-based articles. That’s why you should design the content which is popular at the moment. For example, you can use Infographic Maker by Canva or Vengage to produce beautiful infographics your visitors will love.
7. Make Your CTAs More Effective
If you’re looking to increase the effectiveness of CTA buttons of your website, there are some techniques you can choose:
- Use a button in a contrasting color
- Address the viewer’s fear of commitment by including text like “no credit card required,” “no commitment,” or “no loopholes” near CTAs.
- Use clear language without an element of burden: “download here,” “subscribe to get,” and “check out.”
The full implementation of these quick wins takes minutes but it can go a long way in improving the overall performance of your content marketing.
About Tom Jager
Tom Jager is professional blogger. He works at Awriter. He has degree in Law and English literature. Tom has written numerous articles/online journals. You can reach him at G+ or Facebook.